Public input is being welcomed on changes being recommended for Utah’s 2017 - 2018 waterfowl hunt. Among the recommendations, the Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing to split Utah into two duck hunting zones, reduce the number of pintail ducks hunters can take, and propose to establish a new waterfowl rest area. One aspect hunters may appreciate about having two duck zones is it means there would be two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days as opposed to just one. The reduction in pintail ducks is because biologists saw 14 percent fewer pintail ducks last year than the year before and the reduction will offer pintails more protection. A full list of recommendations that could affect next year’s waterfowl hunt is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov. The Regional Advisory Council is meeting locally on December 15th at the DWR Northeastern Region Office in Vernal at 6:30pm. Council chairmen will then meet on January 3rd at the Utah Wildlife Board meeting to consider approval of rules for Utah’s 2017 - 2018 waterfowl hunting season.